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West India - Daman and Diu

 

Daman and Diu      Gujarat      Goa      Madhya Pradesh      Maharashtra

Daman                Diu

 

Daman

Daman boasts of a rich historical heritage spanning over more than 2000 years. The district of Daman of the erstwhile Union Territory of Goa, Daman & Diu is situated in the Surat District of Gujarat. Daman is just 160 km from Mumbai, 110 km from surat, 300 km from Baroda and about 400 kms from Ahmedabad. and in particular, the drive from Mumbai is a pleasant road journey. Daman can boast of a rich and multi - faced cultural heritage. Dance and Music are very much part of the daily life of Damanite. Here is a true fusion of cultures - tribal, urban, European and Indian.This ornate amalgam is reflected in the traditional dances of Daman.

Altitude: 12 metres.
Climate (deg C): Summer- Max 36, Min 20; Winter- Max 26, Min 20.
Best Season: October to May.
 

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION :

  • Rail : Nearest rail head to Daman is Vapi (12 kms) on the Bombay-Ahmedabad line of western railway.
    Fare : Bombay-Vapi Ist Class Rs.138/-, IInd Class Rs. 39/-

  • Road : Vapi, which lies on Bombay-Ahmedabad NH no.8 connects Daman by road to Bombay 193 km, Ahmedabad 367 km, Diu 763 km & Panaji via Bombay 787 km. Regular S.T.Bus services are available from Vapi, Bhilad and Valsad.

  • Local Transport : Local buses, unmetered taxis and tongas are available from the railhead to other towns.

PLACES OF INTEREST
Fort, Moti Daman; Fort, Nani Daman; Light House (in Moti Daman Fort), Bom Jesus Church and Our Lady of Rosary Chapel (inside fort, Moti Daman fort) Our lady of Sea Church (inside Nani Daman fort), Hilsa Aquarium, Kachigam Water Tank, Nani Daman; Hathi Park, Moti Daman; Bridge Side Garden, Nani/Moti Daman; Municipal Children Park, Nani Daman.
 

BEACHES :
Devika Beach 4 km, Near Devka Colony, Nani Daman, Jampore Beach 6 km, Near Jampore Village, Moti Daman.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

Tourist Information Office,
Govt. of Daman & Diu,
1st Floor, Hotel Nilkanth Building, Near Auto Stand,
Nani Daman - 396 210
Tel : (02363) 2514.

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Diu

An island of breeze and beauty. The island of Diu, an erstwhile Portuguese colony, is situated off the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat bordering Junagadh district. It is an exquisitely beautiful getaway with golden sand beaches, dense palm-groves and historical monuments sans commercial exploitation and environmental degradation. Diu stands out, in marked contrast to other places, as a tiny island, where people have an excellent civic sense. With the magnificent serenity of its ambience, it is perhaps one of Indiaís last undiscovered jewels. Nagoa beach which is horse-shoe in shape, could well be one of the best beaches of the world. The other equally beautiful beaches are Ahmedpur, Mandvi,Chakratirath, Jallandhar, and Gomtimata all having their own charm and thrill. The administration has provided water-sports facilities. Diu can boast of several historical monuments which are imposing in architecture and design, like the Diu Fort built in 1535, St. Paulís Church built in 1610 and St, Thomas Church converted into a museum. The Church and the Museum have been floodlit by the administration and gardens, parks and fountains have been created around the monuments to beautify them. Diu is all about lazy days and hazy nights. With a pleasant climate throughout the year, it affords unprecedented peace and tranquility to tourists. The beautiful tiny island, is lying on the west coast of India, with a coastal length of 21 kms., is at a distance of about 930 kms. from Bombay. The word 'Diu' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Dweep'. During the period from the 14th to 16th century Diu was one of the best Sea Ports and a Naval base. Merchants of various lands carried on trade here.

Diu is virgin, Diu is picturesque, Diu is clean, Diu is green.
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Area : 38.5 sq.km.
Altitude : 29 metres
Climate : Summer Min. 20 degrees C Max. 38 degrees C Winter Min. 20 degrees C Max. 25 degrees C
Rainfall 70 cm
Season : October to May
 

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION

  • Air : Diu is connected by Vayudoot services with Bombay and Ahmedabad.
    Fare : Bombay-Diu Rs.1199/-

  • Rail : Nearest railhead is Delwada (9 km) connected via Veraval by metre gauge line. However Veraval (85 km) is the convenient railhead connected to Bombay via Ahmedabad.
    Fare : Bombay-Veraval Ist class Rs. 503/- (Via Ahmedabad) IInd class Rs. 137/-

  • Road : Diu is well connected by road via Una (30 km), to Ahmedabad (495 km), Bhavnagar (225 km), Bombay (930 km), Daman (763 km), Sasangir (128 km), Rajkot (261 km),  Somnath (87 km), Veraval (77 km).

  • Bus Service : There are regular state transport bus services from Una, Delwada to Diu. Diu is also connected by direct bus services with Veraval, Kodinar and Bombay.

  • Local Transport : Private buses and Auto rickshaws ply within the town.

ACCOMODATION
Beautiful sea-side accommodation has been created by the administration apart from various private hotels.
 

PLACES OF INTEREST :
Diu Fort (1 km), Forte do Mar (1 km), Gupta Prayag at Delwada (9 km), Gangeshwar Temple (5 km), Nagao Beach (9 km). Shaking Tower at Delwada (9 km).
 

EXCURSIONS :
Girnar Hill, Junagadh (185 km), Palitana (195 km), Somnath Temple (72 km), Sasangir (128 km), Tulsi Shyam (45 km), Chorwad (97 km), Ahmedpur Mandvi (130 km).
 

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION :
Tourist Information Office
Govt. of Daman & Diu
Marine House,
Diu - 362520. Tel:112

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  Information provided by Department of Tourism. Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Government of India.
 

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